Friday 5 August 2016

Brunch at The Left Bank, West End, Glasgow

We normally head to the southside for brunch but this week I decided to shake things up and head over to the west end. I had a few places in mind so I needed to do some scientific equation to pick where to go - by scientific I mean I gave each restaurant a number between 1 & 5 and asked Mr EmmaEats to pick a number - ya thats as scientific as I can get ;-) So who won on the day? The Left Bank did. The Left Bank had been recommended to me at the start of the year but there are so many places to eat in Glasgow I'm only getting around to it now. The Left Bank has a sister venue in the Southside called the Bungo. I've been to the Bungo on a few occasions and loved it, so I was really looking forward to trying the Left Bank out.  

We hadn't made a booking as we don't really like to be tied to a time on a Saturday morning so I was a little apprehensive about getting a seat. However, I knew if we didn't get a seat there were loads more restaurants in the area. Thankfully though we got a seat, and even had a choice of seats. We were greeted by a very friendly waitress when we arrived and were shown to the table we picked upstairs in the balcony area. 

There is a great variety on the brunch menu, you can get your normal full breakfast, french toast, granola, breakfast rolls (in ciabatta) and then you can get some dishes that aren't your normal run of the mill such as overnight oats, masala spiced tofu bhurji and the lebanese breakfast to name a few. I went for the heuvos mexicanos which is described as eggs scrambled with peppers, cheddar, red onion, chilli, coriander and black beans and you have the option to add chorizo. This is all served with a grilled tortilla (needless to say I had to alter my dish and looked for it without the tortilla - there is always one fussy eater at a table). I must admit my dish did not match up to the exciting description - all the components were there but I found it to be very bland. There was nothing wrong with it, it could have just done with a bit more seasoning or something. I was a little disappointed as I had high hopes. 

Mr EE went for the bank's breakfast - this was described as poached eggs, bacon, loch byre link sausage, homemade beans, herby mushrooms, grilled tomato, black pudding, potato scone and toast. The size of the breakfast was a really good portion, Mr EE felt that some things were a little over cooked and that the toast and potato scone was a bit burned. He wasn't really sold on the sausage either. He was a bit like me - a little disappointed with his dish. Food rating: 2.5/5.

Service here is great. The staff are so friendly and welcoming and even though we were upstairs with only one other table occupied a staff member was up to us regularly to see did we need anything. Service rating: 5/5.

I loved the atmosphere in this place, it is great, its just so chilled and relaxing. Sometimes I find in places like this that the staff take on a chilled and relaxed vibe too and are a little too laid back but thankfully that was not the case here. I love the look of the restaurant and I really enjoyed sitting up in the balcony looking down at what was going on. As the front of the restaurant is just all glass I was able to people watch outside of the restaurant as well. Atmosphere rating: 5/5.

The price is very reasonable but maybe this is a reflection on the quality of food?? I don't know. We had two dishes, one americano and two cappuccino's and the total cost of our bill was £23.25. So whilst the price was good (really good) it is difficult to give it a good rating because the food wasn't at the same standard. Price rating: 3/5.

Last Words
I love the vibe of this place and I think it is nearly there - service is great, atmosphere is great, price is great but unfortunately I think the food let it down on this occasion. Maybe this was just a bad day? I don't know but I will get back again to try it out. Total rating: 15.5 out of 20.

Date Visited: Saturday 23 July 2016

Restaurant Details:-

Click here for The Left Bank's website.

If there is anywhere that you think I should visit please let me know.

Thanks a mil for reading.

Emma mai xx

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